I'm not much of a Winter farmers market girl, so I knew Spring was finally here when, for the first time this year, I stopped by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market last weekend. There, I was enraptured by everything from raw olives to baby carrots. I couldn't help but buy a cornucopia of colorful Spring produce.
With my bounty, I made quick and simple vegetables marinated in Champagne vinegar and olive oil. I enjoyed them on their own and later discovered the slightly pickled vegetables are a great garnish in many other meals — the pattypan squash in a watercress and watermelon radish salad, and the carrots in a homemade burrito. Make this with whatever seasonal vegetables you've got on hand. For the recipe, read more.
6 cups assorted trimmed baby vegetables (such as halved fingerling and purple potatoes, baby carrots, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pearl onions, pattypan squash, and/or strips of large vegetables like bell peppers)
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
4 small bay leaves
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- Steam all vegetables until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. If including pearl onions, pinch the onions on the root end until the skin slips right off; discard the skins.
- Let marinate at least 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Meanwhile, bring remaining ingredients to boil in medium saucepan, whisking until salt dissolves. Pour over all vegetables.
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